When David Lee Roth Opened a 2020 Vegas Residency

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David Lee Roth opened his 2020 Las Vegas residency on Jan. 8 at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Diamond Dave’s 15-song set included such Van Halen favorites as “Dance the Night Away,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” and “Beautiful Girls,” as well as familiar covers like the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” and “Just a Gigolo.”

The residency was announced on Sept. 9, 2019, thusly: “David Lee Roth: Rocks Vegas will delight fans with an explosive two-guitar sound, bringing his long list of mega familiar hits to life.”

The opening night set began with “You Really Got Me.”

Three songs in…

The longtime VH frontman has promised a changing set of 26 instantly recognizable classic rock favorites, including “Jump,” “Panama,” and “California Girls.”

Watch Roth perform “Dance the Night Away”

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“A weekend with me,” says Roth, “is interactive way beyond just music. It starts with the best food on earth. The fellas smoke their three cigarettes for the year and we all stay up way past our bedtime!”

After several shows in January, the frontman was scheduled to return to Vegas in March but those shows were canceled due to the pandemic.

Watch the evening’s final number, “Jump”

Roth had been selected as the opening act for Kiss’ 2020 tour. It’s since been moved to 2021. Tickets are available here and here.

Roth turned 66 on October 10, 2020.

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  1. Whoa, What Happened???
    #1 Whoa, What Happened??? 10 January, 2020, 00:35

    I’m a big fan of VH & DLR but the videos I watched were awful. His mic is way too high drowning out the band, he’s out of pitch & not synced with the music. I think it’s time for Diamond Dave to settle into 4 prongs on his ring & call it a great run. RIP Dave….

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  2. Rusty
    #2 Rusty 10 January, 2020, 15:32

    When you have been on top it’s hard to accept the inevitable decline that comes with age and any unfortunate lifestyle choices. Dave is right to perform in Vegas, the final stop for PTP (Past Their Prime) acts as it was for Elvis. Fans go to see them not for what they are now but for what they were when the fans were younger. Nothing wrong with that, the performers have earned their loyal followings, but it’s a bit sad when the present clearly can’t match the past.

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  3. Santa
    #3 Santa 12 January, 2020, 09:10

    David Lee Roth is one of the top Rock Gods ever. Dave has nothing to prove. I go to see Ringo, for what he gave to the music world. People should not talk shit about legends who have paid their dues to the music world. We all have family members who are aging, and were once our Peoples Champs. They all have slowed down, but they are still loved today, as much as yesterday. Show some respect. Most of us are going to see them, and to hear the best they have to offer, on that given day. Can you do what you did when you were 25?…Van Halen doesn’t want David back because of his antics. That’s fine, because they will never be Van Halen without him. C’mon, people are not expecting the early ’60’s or 80’s. People just want the family together. Dammit people, when all else fails, lower your standards, it’s part of life!

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  4. Colorado Slim
    #4 Colorado Slim 11 October, 2020, 17:22

    Well, Vegas ain’t just for has-beens. Check out what Carlos Santana was doing during his “residency” at Mandalay Bay. He’s still ‘the man’ and bringing it hot and hard each night. Gotta say Dave doesn’t sound too good here but you gotta remember that the sound in the HOB (good sounding venue) may have been quite different. Trying to be charitable here….

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